W3S3 [ˈsensıtıv] adj
1¦(understanding people)¦
2¦(easily offended)¦
3¦(easily affected)¦
5¦(reacting to changes)¦
6¦(art/music etc)¦
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: sensitif, from Medieval Latin sensitivus, from Latin sensus; SENSE1]
able to understand other people's feelings and problems
a sensitive and intelligent young man
sensitive to
It's made me much more sensitive to the needs of the disabled.
easily upset or offended by events or things that people say
a very sensitive child
sensitive about
Laura's sensitive about her weight.
sensitive to
Throughout her career she remained very sensitive to criticism.
sensitive soul
BrE (=someone who is easily upset by small or unimportant things)
easily affected or damaged by something such as a substance or temperature
Wetlands are environmentally sensitive areas.
a baby's sensitive skin
sensitive to
Older people tend to be very sensitive to cold.
Increasing numbers of people are sensitive to cow's milk.
a situation or subject that is sensitive needs to be dealt with very carefully, because it is secret or because it may offend people
Abortion is a very sensitive issue.
sensitive matters such as national security
highly sensitive information
reacting to very small changes in light, temperature, position etc
a highly sensitive electronic camera
light-sensitive/heat-sensitive etc
light-sensitive photographic paper
able to understand or express yourself through art, music, literature etc
a very sensitive performance
>sensitively adv
It is an issue which needs to be handled sensitively.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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